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" in washington, d.c. howie, a tremendous, enormous amount of media presence here in newtown. what is your impression of how this story unfolded in the news so far? >> wolf, unlike any tragedy that we have collectively lived through, this one has sear under to america's soul. everyone is talking about, everyone is consumed about it and every online conversation on social media sites is about what happened in newtown. i have to tell you for all of the coverage there for you and others, there are times when i have to turn off the tv and other journalists told me this before. the feelings are so raw it is hard to watch. journalists are trained to be objective, but how can any human being be dispassionate about what happened there. >> howie, i'll answer that for you, if i can. >> go ahead, soledad. >> i was going to say the same thing that wolf was going to say. i don't know if you can have no compassion or being passionate about it. sort of focusing on doing a job. i look at all the law enforcement officials here. i can't even imagine what they've been through. many talking about carrying chi
, is there any validity to these bombastic charges against the press. joining us now here in washington, terence smith, former correspondent for pbs news hour and cbs news and "new york times." and tom foreman who attended friday's nra event. tom, what was it like being at this nra event? i won't call it a press conference. are you surprised that not a single journalist got to ask a question? >> it was not a press conference. all of us expected to exchange questions and answers with wayne lapierre and the president of nra who was there. it didn't happen at all. it did not happen but adamantly did not happen. several of us tried to call out questions to the participants and even at one point i said to them, would you answer even one question? are you willing to talk to the white house about any of this, even to that, they just kept walking. that was a big disappointment and sort of set the tone for the room. >> when wayne lapierre said falsehoods about semiautomatic weapons and the media are demonizing gun owners, is he right? >> no. but even before that what he got was a priceless gift of 25 min
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